Transitional Housing Specialist
Teresa has been an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault since 2009, in a variety of settings. After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University, Teresa joined the staff of the YWCA of Toledo in Ohio as an outreach case manager, advocating for both shelter residents and non-residential clients of the domestic violence program. This included advocating for their housing needs with the local housing authority and homeless service agencies, as well as legal advocacy in the criminal and civil justice systems, facilitating support groups and economic empowerment educational groups, and training professionals in the Toledo area. She later became the agency’s volunteer coordinator. While working on her master’s degree in social work at the University of Toledo, Teresa completed an internship at the University Counseling Center’s Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program, planning awareness events on campus and participating in multi-disciplinary collaboration meetings on and off campus. She also completed a year-long internship at the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and upon completion of her MSW, Teresa was hired by ODVN as the Outreach Coordinator to Underserved Populations.